Pollards at Tealham
Pollarded willows on Tealham Moor; 30 Oct 2014.

A typical Levels landscape – dead flat countryside,  with water (sometimes a lot of water!) and pollarded trees.  Pollarding is explained here.

The more I look at this, the more these trees resemble knobbly headed beings with huge coiffures, that are coming slowly forwards to look at me – the second and third from the left, in particular, seem to be craning to get a better view.

D700 with 12-24 Sigma at 24mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2; Color Efex Pro 4.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. drawandshoot says:

    What a great image. I try photographing that type of ‘lopped off’ sometimes but I’ve not made a lovely shot of them as you have.


  2. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful image.


  3. I thought they’d be under water. I say that half in jest and half not, because of the flooding. Was this area flooded?

    About the trees – it looks like they’re have a confab – maybe about the prospect of flooding…


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, last winter, this whole area was submerged – not deeply, the roads were sticking up just above it on this moor. The really bad flooding was in areas south of here, south of the Polden Hills, which were up to 10 feet under. Now we wonder what will happen this winter.

      Yes, having a confab – worried about what may come. The problem for trees here is that prolonged flooding causes the very soft, alluvial substrate to turn to something like blancmange, and when that happens any tree that is leaning has great trouble keeping itself upright – in my Recent Posts list, the lower photo in Somerset Levels 180 shows willows that have succumbed to this effect. Thank you for your thoughts, David, thank you! Adrian


  4. paula graham says:

    Very attractive..makes me feel at home!…and homesick..many pollarded Willows in NL..they try to stop farmers from pollarding for no reason as little owls like to shelter and hide in those trees.
    Like the processing you used


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sorry to make you homesick, Paula – for the Netherlands, is it? Have you ever been up to the Levels? They might be worth a visit – I could meet you there. Thanks for your good words! Adrian


  5. bananabatman says:

    This image really gets the ‘feeling’ of ‘The Levels’ Adrian. I love it! 🙂 Dave.


  6. Tina Dunks says:

    Stunning! Yep, they’re coming at me….right off of the screen! Fantastical.


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